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PW2020 YA #12: SIDEKICK (Superhero Rom-com – #OwnVoices, STEM)
Nicole Magoon
Mentored by:
Sabrina Lotfi and Carrie S. Allen
Book Title:
2020 Entries
Superhero Rom-com – #OwnVoices, STEM
Word Count:


Anika, sixteen-year-old half-Indian engineering genius, has three goals:

  1. Make out with her BFF, Noah.
  2. Send MIT her solar panel designs.
  3. Dissuade Noah, entitled billionaire, from dressing up in spandex and pretending to be a superhero.

Unfortunately, none of those are happening.

Extra unfortunately, Noah’s fake superheroing results in Anika gaining very real superpowers. As Anika embraces her telekinesis, Noah grows jealous, and a scheming villain threatens her—and humanity. To defeat him, Anika must trade up from sidekick to superhero. And ally with Noah’s evil-hot brother.



Noah pouted and winked his way out of the nineteen reasons I gave for why we shouldn’t break into Salter Genetics. But I had to admit, there were three reasons we should:

  1. I’d already made the gadgets, and I couldn’t let a five-hundred-foot escalation cable go to waste.
  2. Noah would never stop begging until we did.
  3. Noah looked unreasonably hot in his spandex unitard, and it would be unsupportive to stifle my best friend’s hotness. (Not that I could. Noah looked hot wearing his lacrosse mouthguard, and few people pulled off copolymer-covered teeth.)

I tugged the red fabric strangling my bra line. Stupid Spandex. I didn’t want to hurt Noah’s feelings after his whole ‘Look! Uniforms!’ surprise, but my superhero jumpsuit exposed eight-hundred percent more than his. I mean, Noah covered his junk with his gadget belt. And I had boobs.

“Ready?” Noah harnessed us together. The citrusy scent of his yuzu soap drifted through the cold air, and I shivered as his fingers grazed my hips in the same way he touched Sarah Greenwood after school. Or, in the same place. Not in the same way. Hauling your best friend into an illegally entered skyscraper wasn’t the same as trying to have sex with your girlfriend.


17 responses to “PW2020 YA #12: SIDEKICK (Superhero Rom-com – #OwnVoices, STEM)”

  1. Amber Caraveo says:

    This sounds like so much fun! I’d love to read more. Please email the full manuscript as a Word doc or PDF to me, Amber, at amber@skylark-literary.com together with a one-page synopsis if you have one. Do tell me a little about you in your covering email, and if you’d like to know a little about me, and Skylark Literary, then you can find more here – http://www.skylark-literary.com/about-us. If my colleague, Joanna, also requests this, please fee free to send it to both of us or to simply choose whichever one of us feels like the best fit! 🙂

  2. Natascha Morris says:

    Hello Nicole,

    The pitch on this is hilarious but your voice seals the deal! I can’t wait to read the full. Please upload at QueryManager.com/natascha/PitchWars. And if another Tobias Literary Agent requests, please know you can submit to multiple parties for this event, and we will discuss in house if multiple agents are interested.

    Thank you and can’t wait to see this!

    Natascha Morris
    The Tobias Literary Agency

  3. Samantha Wekstein says:

    Hi Nicole! I love your premise and voice. I’d like to read more! If interested, can you please send your first 50 pages to samantha@thompsonliterary.com? Thanks!

  4. Penny Moore says:

    Hi Nicole,

    I love the sound of this, and it’s exactly the type of YA I’d love to read! When you’re ready, please submit your full manuscript here: QueryManager.com/LiteraryPenny/PitchWars2021.

    Thanks. Looking forward to reading!

    All the best,
    Penny Moore
    Aevitas Creative Management

  5. Kari Erickson says:

    Hi Nicole, This sounds so fun! I’d love to read more. Please upload your full manuscript, synopsis, and query letter here: QueryManager.com/KariErickson/PitchWars
    Thank you for considering me!

  6. Hi, Nicole. I adore the voice here! Anika had me laughing through this excerpt, and I’d love to read on. If you’re interested, please submit a query at QueryManager.com/SavannahBrooks and be sure to mention that this was a Pitch Wars request. I look forward to seeing more!

  7. Tara Gonzalez says:

    Hi Nicole! I would love to keep reading SIDEKICK! If you could send me a query with the full manuscript attached to tara@emliterary.com, with “Pitch Wars” in the subject line, that would be fantastic.

    Tara Gonzalez – Associate Agent at Erin Murphy Literary Agency

  8. Melissa Edwards says:

    Hi Nicole,

    This looks great! I’d love to take a look. Please email the ms as a double-spaced doc to medwards at stonesong dot com with PitchWars in the subject.


  9. Renae Moore says:

    Please send your query, synopsis, and first two chapters of your book using the following link: QueryManager.com/renae/PitchWars
    Please feel free to apply to more than one agent at Tobias simultaneously. We will handle multiple submissions on our end.

  10. Devon Halliday says:

    Evil villains and evil-hot allies, I’m intrigued! I’d love to read this. You can send the query and full manuscript to querydevon@transatlanticagency.com with Pitch Wars in the subject. If you get multiple queries from Transatlantic agents, please send to one of us at a time.

  11. Laura Bradford says:

    Super fun and I love the voice! Can’t wait to read how the super powers play in to this one. Please email me the full manuscript + synopsis at laura@bradfordlit.com. Please put Pitch Wars in the subject line and paste the pitch into your email. Thank you!

    Laura Bradford

    *If more than one agent from the Bradford Literary Agency has requested this, go ahead and send it to those agents and just let us know

  12. Hi Nicole,

    The voice here is incredible, and the pitch is solid too! I’d love to see the first fifty pages or so. Could you please send it via QueryManager.com/JenniferWills/PitchWars2020? I’d also love to see your query letter and synopsis if you have one.

    Thanks so much!
    Jennifer Wills
    The Seymour Agency

  13. Rena Rossner says:

    I would love to read this full manuscript! Please send it attached as a word document to: rena (at) dhliterary (dot) com

    Excited to read!

    – Rena Rossner
    The Deborah Harris Agency

  14. Cindy Uh says:

    Anika’s voice and predicament are irresistible. Please send the first 100 pages as an attachment to cindy.uh@caa.com with “Pitch Wars” in the subject line. If you are submitting to more than one agent at CAA, if you could just make note of it, that would be great.
    Looking forward to reading!
    Cindy Uh

  15. Penelope Burns says:

    Hi Nicole,

    I’m intrigued here! If you’re interested, can you send your query and first 50 pages to penelope@gelfmanschneider.com, with PitchWars in the subject line? Thank you!

    All best,

  16. Kari Sutherland says:

    Hi Nicole,

    I love superheroes and the humorous voice of Anika here is great! I’d love to read more. Please send the full via this form: QueryManager.com/Kari_Sutherland_Query_Form/PitchWars. If more than one Bradford Literary agent requests it, you can send to multiple of us, just let us know so we can coordinate. Many thanks! Kari

  17. Tori Sharp says:

    I’d love to read more of this! Please send the full manuscript as a word document to tori.jdlit@gmail.com and include “Pitch Wars” in the subject line.